According to research, adults sleep more soundly together than alone, regardless of whether you spoon or are on the other edge of the bed. Sharing a bed with a spouse has advantages such as reduced sleeplessness, less weariness, more time spent sleeping, and falling asleep more quickly.
Researchers studied the connection between sleep, sharing a bed, and psychological health
Researchers from the University of Arizona undertook a study into the connection between sleeping in the same bed, sleep, and psychological health. According to their study, folks who sleep with a spouse or partner get more rest than those who sleep separately. In addition, they demonstrate that sleeping with a spouse is linked to lower levels of stress, anxiety, and depressive symptoms, as well as higher levels of social support and life satisfaction.
On the other hand, sleeping alone is linked to poorer life and relationship fulfillment, reduced social support, and higher depression scores.
However, parents who allow their children to sleep in their beds at night shouldn’t exhale with relief. It was discovered that having kids in bed with you causes higher stress. Most of the time, parents who slept next to their kids reported more severe insomnia.
Sharing a bed with a partner leads to less insomnia and exhaustion
The findings also suggest that those individuals who shared a bed with a spouse on the majority of nights experienced less acute insomnia, less exhaustion, and spent more time sleeping than those who never shared a bed. Along with falling asleep more quickly and staying asleep longer, sharing a bed with a spouse decreased the risk of developing sleep apnea.
Lead author and researcher in the psychiatry department at the University of Arizona, Brandon Fuentes, said, “Sleeping with a romantic partner or spouse shows to have great benefits on sleep health including reduced sleep apnea risk, sleep insomnia severity and overall improvement in sleep quality.
Senior study author and the university’s Sleep and Health Research Program director Michael Grander said that the findings suggest that whether one sleeps alone, with a spouse, or with a family member may impact one’s sleep health.